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Frits Schut

Frits Schut

  • Life Sciences
  • European and Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Partner

Frits Schut has been involved in patenting since 1995, when exploiting patented inventions of which he was a co-inventor in a biotech startup.

Frits studied biology at the universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and obtained his PhD in microbiology from the university of Groningen.

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While performing part of his PhD work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks he came into contact with molecular genetics and DNA diagnostics. He was able to further develop these techniques for medical and veterinary application with the Medical faculty in Groningen and these developments were commercially implemented in a startup diagnostic company, of which he was a co-director.

Frits joined V.O. in 2001. He has broad expertise, and is particularly involved in therapeutic and diagnostic (medical) biotechnology, microbiology and plant protection. Both because of his background and portfolio, Frits has special experience with Life Science companies aiming to protect their essential technologies. He has a wide experience in patent cases before the European Patent Office and the Court of The Hague. Frits also has experience with plant protection before the Dutch and Community Plant Variety Office.

Working experience

  • Patent Attorney, V.O. (2001-present)
  • Co-Director and CSO Microscreen, Groningen (1995-2000)
  • Post-Doc, University of Groningen (1993)
  • Visiting Scientist, University of Alaska Fairbanks (1988)

Education

  • PhD in Microbiology, University of Groningen (1994)
  • MSc in Biology, University of Groningen (1988), Major in Microbiology

Directories

  • “Biology ace Frits Schut is a trusted guide of biotechnology companies and an experienced advocate before the EPO on matters of plant protection. He understands the innovation mindset and puts his shoulder to the wheel to protect clients’ keystone inventions” (IAM Patent 1000, 2021).
  • Recommended Individual (IAM Patent 1000, 2020).
  • “Otto Oudshoorn, Hajo Kraak and Frits Schut are mainstays of the life sciences and chemistry practice. As co-director of a start-up, Schut has first-hand commercial experience; another ‘brilliant life sciences sage who is extremely talented and technically astute’” (IAM Patent 1000, 2019).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of UNION (President of Life Sciences Commission)
  • Member of AIPLA
  • Member of FICPI
  • Member of Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of EPI

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch

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News

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Tax advantage for innovation in Belgium

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Three times prize at MIP

During the Managing IP Award Ceremony that took place in London on 15 June, V.O. was presented with no less than three awards.Continue reading

Recommended in Financial Times

We are proud to announce that also for 2022 V.O. is recommended as a leading European patent firm in Financial Times.Continue reading

Events

FORUM Science & Health 2022

Veranstaltungsforum Fürstenfeld, Fürstenfeld, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

The theme of this (third) year's conference is the Medicine of the Future. Within the two-day program we will highlight latest developments in the fields of innovative technologies and therapeutics, which will have great impact on the way we approach, prevent, diagnose and treat diseases in the future. Continue reading

Unitary Patent Package Conference 2022

Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam - Amstel, Joan Muyskenweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Finally the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court will become reality! In January 2022 Austria ratified as the 13th country and the new system will probably be up and running early 2023. So, patent professionals get prepared! Continue reading

IP Service World 2022

Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre, an IHG Hotel, Hochstraße, München, Germany

Europe’s largest IP Convention & Trade Fair, the IP Service World, is a very unique event. It is the perfect mixture of a comprehensive trade fair and a top-class convention with contributions from leading experts. Continue reading